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Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Effect of Security Deposit Assistance in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Last registered on December 01, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Effect of Security Deposit Assistance in Kalamazoo, Michigan
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006694
Initial registration date
November 24, 2020
Last updated
December 01, 2020 4:52 PM EST
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Notre Dame
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Notre Dame
PI Affiliation
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
PI Affiliation
University of Notre Dame
PI Affiliation
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2021-01-01
End date
2022-07-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Our project will evaluate whether mitigating risk for landlords can improve housing stability and access to high-opportunity neighborhoods for people with low incomes and poor credit, a criminal record, or a recent eviction. To do so, we will use a randomized control trial in Kalamazoo, Michigan in which treatment and control households will receive vouchers that offer different levels of risk mitigation to landlords that rent to them. We will use the voucher redemption process to observe unit locations and characteristics, rent, and time taken to use the voucher. We will also elicit landlords’ cash valuation of the benefit. The W.E. Upjohn Institute and the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame are collaborating on this evaluation in partnership with the City of Kalamazoo and Housing Resources Inc. (HRI), a Kalamazoo County housing nonprofit.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Adams, Lee et al. 2020. "Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Effect of Security Deposit Assistance in Kalamazoo, Michigan." AEA RCT Registry. December 01. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6694-1.3.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-01-01
Intervention End Date
2021-07-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Obtaining housing; housing unit characteristics; landlord value and cost of providing insurance
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Our project will evaluate whether mitigating risk for landlords can improve housing stability and access to high-opportunity neighborhoods for people with low incomes and poor credit, a criminal record, or a recent eviction. To do so, we will use a randomized control trial in Kalamazoo, Michigan in which treatment and control households will receive vouchers that offer different levels of risk mitigation to landlords that rent to them. We will use the voucher redemption process to observe unit locations and characteristics, rent, and time taken to use the voucher. We will also elicit landlords’ cash valuation of the benefit.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Household
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
400 households
Sample size: planned number of observations
400 households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
200 households treatment, 200 households control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of Notre Dame Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2020-11-23
IRB Approval Number
20-10-6253
Analysis Plan

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